Strawberry Gouda Pecan Salad Recipe

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Strawberry Gouda Pecan Salad

Terrie Hoelscher

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This is just delicious .... that's all I can say. I used to be a Pampered Chef consultant, and made this salad at MANY get togethers, as it was a good demo salad. It tastes fabulous, and there's usually nothing left but an empty platter!


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Serves:

6-8

Prep:

25 Min

Ingredients

SALAD BASE:

1
large head of romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 lb
gouda cheese, sliced and cut into thin, bite-sized pieces pieces
3 c
strawberries, hulled, sliced 1/8
1 c
toasted, caramelized pecans, lightly chopped (see below for caramelizing technique)
1 small
cucumber, sliced very thinly

STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE:

1/2 c
strawberry preserves or seedless strawberry jam
1 c
vegetable oil
1 clove
garlic, pressed
1/2 c
strawberry or raspberry vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Rinse lettuce. Drain well and dry, and tear into bite-sized pieces. Arrange lettuce on a chilled platter.
2
Slice and cut the Gouda into bite-sized pieces. Arrange on top of bed of romaine lettuce.
3
Slice strawberries with an egg slicer, and arrange in between the pieces of cheese.
4
Slice cucumber into VERY thin slices. Slit each cucumber slice from center to outer edge, one time. Make a cucumber twist by giving the slice a twist at the "opening" of the cucumber at the slice, and arrange on top of the lettuce bed with the strawberries and Gouda.
5
Toast the pecans in an 8" saute pan, with 2 - 3 tbsp. sugar,for about 5 minutes, until the sugar caramelizes and the pecans have a nice roasted color. Don't add any fluid ... just let the sugar caramelize the pecans. Let pecans cool, then give them a 'rough chop', leaving in rather large, coarse pieces. Use a food chopper or large sharp knife for this. Set aside for the moment.
6
For dressing, use a whisk to mix jam, oil, pressed garlic clove, vinegar and salt and pepper in large glass measuring cup. Drizzle over the salad. Sprinkle pecans over the top of all.
7
Serve right away, with extra vinaigrette on the side for those who might prefer more.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Lettuce Salads
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian